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Questions and Answers Regarding Mandatory Food Recalls; Draft Guidance for Industry

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AGENCY:

Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice of availability.

SUMMARY:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) is announcing the availability of a draft guidance for industry on the implementation of the mandatory food recall provisions of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The guidance is in the form of Questions and Answers and provides answers to common questions that might arise about the mandatory recall provisions and FDA's plans for their implementation.

DATES:

Although you may comment on any guidance at any time, to ensure that the Agency considers your comments on this draft guidance before it completes a final version of the guidance, submit electronic or written comments on the draft guidance by July 6, 2015.

ADDRESSES:

Submit written requests for single copies of the guidance to the Outreach and Information Center (HFS-009), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (HFS-317), Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park, MD 20740. Send two self-addressed adhesive labels to assist that office in processing your request. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the guidance.

Submit electronic comments on the guidance to http://www.regulations.gov. Submit written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Cecilia M. Wolyniak, Food and Drug Administration, WO32 Rm. 4352 HFC-210, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-8209.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

FDA's mandatory food recall authority went into effect when FSMA was enacted on January 4, 2011. Section 423 of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), as added by section 206 of FSMA, gives FDA the authority to order a responsible party to recall an article of food where FDA determines that there is a reasonable probability that the article of food (other than infant formula) is adulterated under section 402 of the FD&C Act [21 U.S.C. 342] or misbranded under section 403(w) of the FD&C Act [21 U.S.C. 343(w)] and that the use of or exposure to such article will cause serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals (SAHCODHA).

FDA is announcing the availability of a draft guidance for industry entitled “Questions and Answers Regarding Mandatory Food Recalls; Draft Guidance for Industry.” The draft guidance provides answers to common questions that might arise about the mandatory recall provisions and FDA's plans for their implementation.

This guidance is being issued consistent with our good guidance practices regulation (21 CFR 10.115). The draft guidance, when finalized, will represent our current thinking on this topic. It does not create or confer any rights for or on any person and does not operate to bind FDA or the public. An alternative approach may be used if such approach satisfies the requirements of the applicable statutes and regulations.

II. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

This guidance does not refer to any information collection provisions found in FDA regulations. Collections of information are subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520). We conclude that the Draft Guidance for Industry: Questions and Answers Regarding Mandatory Food Recalls is not subject to Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

III. Comments

Interested persons may submit either written comments regarding the guidance to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES) or electronic comments regarding the guidance to http://www.regulations.gov. It is only necessary to send one set of comments. Identify comments with the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document. Received comments may be seen in the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will be posted to the docket at http://www.regulations.gov.

IV. Electronic Access

Persons with access to the Internet may obtain the guidance at either http://www.fda.gov/​FoodGuidances or http://www.regulations.gov. Use the FDA Web site listed in the previous sentence to find the most current version of the guidance.

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Dated: May 1, 2015.

Leslie Kux,

Associate Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 2015-11009 Filed 5-6-15; 8:45 am]

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